Uh oh: Apple is making a major change to iTunes you might not like

Uh oh: Apple is making a major change to iTunes you might not like

You can kiss this major iTunes program goodbye.

So long, farewell: Apple is shutting down a long-running iTunes program.

Effective next month, the iTunes allowance program will be no more, according to Apple.

The allowance feature dates all the way back to 2003, when Apple first launched the iTunes Store, allowing parents to provide monthly credits of between $10 and $50 to their children, which they could spend on songs.

However, Apple said in a statement that these allowances would be cancelled on May 25, and unused credit would remain in the recipient’s account.

Why did Apple end the program? That’s not quite clear, although it may simply be the case that Apple sees the program as redundant since parents can use family sharing — a feature that allows children to press the “ask to buy” button for children under 13 years of age, prompting the parent to make a decision on providing money for a song.

Also, you can send credits via iTunes Gifts. Parents can even gift a particular song or book.

“After April 13, 2016, you will no longer be able to create a new iTunes Allowance,” the statement reads. “All existing allowances will cancel May 25, 2016. After May 25, any unused allowance credit will remain in the recipient’s account until it’s used. To manage iTunes purchases made by your family, use Family Sharing. To send gifts to family and friends, use iTunes Gifts. If you have any questions or need help, contact Apple Support.”

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